Image & Form
What would you get if you put Sid Vicious in a sauna?
very smelly sauna – poor Sid’s been dead for 34 years!
course, you’d get a steam punk. Sticky-tape the two words together
and you’re vibe-connected for this fabby concoction that takes
chunks of Boulder Dash, Dig Dug, Spelunker
and Minecraft, smushes them together, adds its own stuff
and comes out smelling of dirt. But that’s a pleasant “Aah...” dirt
smell, not a poopy “Ewwy!” dirt smell.
You’re a mining
steambot (yes, ‘bot’ – no ‘Karma Chameleon’ video props here) with
the designation ‘Rusty’. Mercifully that isn’t a condition report,
as there’s too much mining to undertake for any oxidation tolerance.
Your travels have led you to the sleepy mining town of Tumbleton,
where once your daddy did done dug. So, you decide to hang around,
and soon really dig the place. Literally...
You see, under
Tumbleton are huge tracts of riches, potentially painful phenomena
and handy technomalogical enhancements that your daddy did done
dream up. The deeper you go, the more odd things you’ll encounter,
along with an increasing cavalcade of marvellous toys and valuabler
valuables. You can trade this swag for dollars up above (teleporters
rock (heh)) , which you can use to gradually upgrade your initially
puny pick and anything else that you may gradually bolster your
digability with. The drill’s a good example, but it’s steam powered,
so watch your water supply...
The catacomby earth beneath
Tumbleton offers hours + hours + hours x oodles of stuff to dig, and
to say that it’s just kinda fun is like saying Sid’s ‘My Way’ cover
was just kinda fun.
Sid’s ‘My Way’ was, of course, a
super-fun, addictive and inspired cover, and SteamWorld Dig
is super-fun, addictive and inspired gameified manual labour that no
3DS should miss out on.